Welcome to dedicated coverage of Google I/O 2013 from Pocketables. Check out the livestream of the keynote below, along with our live blog coverage via Google+.
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Live blog transcript
Smartphones are the keys for these places.
Google’s plan for bringing the developing world online?
Nothing to announce at the time.
Will you do DNA sequencing? Image analysis with surgical imaging?
It would have been bad if our company had ended up all male. We need to start early to get young girls excited about technology
Women in the development community – what can we do to encourage women to be here?
Why are people so focused on keeping medical history private? Probably insurance. People are afraid of not getting insured, but that makes no sense since we changed the rules to ensure insurance. I wish I would have admitted my medical problem sooner (vocal chord issues)
How can Google help improve healthcare?
Maybe some of us need to branch out into other areas like law and help things improve. We also need to build mechanisms to encourage experimentation
Law can’t be right if it’s 50 years old!
People are concerned about change, and not all change is good. We have adapted mechanisms to deal with that. Old institutions like the law aren’t keeping up with the rate of change.
How can we reduce the negativity surrounding technology and focus on changing the world?
Hopefully we can fix it quickly
Why can’t people buy things from Google Play all over the world?
Keeping costs down.
What advice would you give to rising generation of technologists? How to keep tech moving at the same pace as the past 5-10 years – and how to do that responsibly?
Glass could also be used for hands free navigation
I’ll have to ask Sergey … part of the answer is we don’t know. Photography is a good use case.
Where are the greatest opportunities for Google Glass developers?
(didn’t answer with specific projects – said that new projects are often based on existing products)
What are some future projects Google will get into for the physical world?
It’s a shame that the connections between computers are so tiny and slow
Improved networking and data center management
What do you see are the possibilities from Google Fiber?
Transparency about government requests for information is a major focus
We work to protect private information, make computing school, and protect freedom of speech
This is a strong desire of Google – freedom of speech and free flow of information. We translate this into practice by talking to government leaders around the world. Eric Schmidt has traveled around the world to talk about this.
How will Google help protect freedom of speech?
Developers shouldn’t have to worry about platform differences – software should run everywhere
The web isn’t evolving fast enough – but that’s what this conference is about
Microsoft now supports Google messaging in Outlook, but Microsoft didn’t reciprocate
It’s a shame how Microsoft approached Skype/Google Talk integration
Are we ever going to see web be the center of mobile OSes?
So much stuff out of the way on Google Maps – that will happen with all your devices, too
Focusing on getting computers out of the way is where Google is heading
Larry is taking questions!!
Computer science has a marketing problem
Mentions automated cars and how they will change our lives – more green space, fewer parking lots, more freedom, fewer hours wasted, less accidents
Being negative is not how we make progress (referring to “us vs them” reporting in tech media)
Larry’s speech can’t be done justice by a live blog – best to read a transcript ;-)
Reflections on smartphones
Larry Page on stage now
Technical glitch prevented us from live-blogging the maps portion, but we’ll get back to that
And we’re back!
Direction and Navigation – real time traffic incident alerts
Zagat badges now integrated into Maps
Get through map results with horizontal swipes
Preview of the new Maps for mobile, available on both Android AND iOS
Last year Maps launched on iPhone
Daniel Graf now on stage to talk about Maps for mobile
Over 1 million websites now use Google Maps, with over 1 billion monthly users
local data + imagery + street view + terrain data + pre-existing maps
Covering tons of places with 3D buildings – generating data from other data. This creativity launched Google Earth
50 countries now in Street View
Actually, North Korea was just published, too, making it 200 countries
199 Countries launched on Google Maps
Brian McClendon on stage to talk about the future of Google Maps
Gary Lindeen1:29 PM
How does one present an idea to Google that incorporates Google Maps and Google Glass?
Amit – This tech is rapidly developing, so it will take some time before this becomes the predominant search experience. But we are investing in this so it will come sooner rather than later
Demonstrating reminders – they work on times, dates, and locations
(This is totally awesome!)
Demonstrates new voice search and voice answer
Johanna Wright on stage now
Set reminders for yourself in Google Now with new cards. Public Transit commute time cards, TV shows, Music, Books, and Video Game cards, too.
Anticipate: This is Google Now
You don’t even need to click the mic to search – just say, “OK Google”
Today, conversational search is coming to desktop Chrome too
Converse – getting the answers in the most natural way possible. Speech.
Gmail search field trial users are already enjoying this experience
You should find answers from your own world without searching through your email or calendar. Google should know this for you.
Knowledge graph now available in Polish, Turkish, simplified and traditional Chinese, in addition to 8 current languages
Starting today, knowledge graph will anticipate your future questions, too
Talking about answers and knowledge graphs
Search is changing before our eyes – how and why…
Amid now on stage – “The end of search as we know it”
We just put the Google into Google+
Five auto-awesome effects: motion, collage, HDR, smile, and pano
Auto-awesome creates a new image from one that did not exist. If you take several pictures in burst mode, you can have a motion animated GIF prepared
These auto enhancements can be applied to all your uploaded photos for you – while still giving you full control. Original and enhanced always available. Can turn on or off globally or on an individual photo.
…structure, sharpening, red eye removal…
It does this by considering tonal distribution, skin softening, noise reduction…
12:48 PM (edited)
Google introduces auto enhance – an “easy button” to make your pictures look better
Will roll out this evening
Sees people, aesthetics, affinity
Google will be able to see which aren’t the greatest exposure, which are duplicates, which are blurry, if there are important landmarks – that’s how it finds Highlights
Google will pick the best pictures for you from all that are stored in the cloud
Increasing cloud storage to 15GB free for full resolution, or standard size for free (this isn’t new)
New photos: Backup + Highlight + enhancement + awesome
Combining camera and cloud. Google’s datacenter is now your darkroom
Now talking about Photos
Group video at no charge
Web, Android, and iOS Hangouts – all available today
Animations as people enter and leave, or type
Still have the ability to delete or turn off history – or you can save them, too. Photos are stored in albums.
Hangouts on Android – a new app. Opens with a list of conversations – not contacts. Contacts are still one tap away, ranking important people for you
“Conversations that last with people you love”
What makes people the happiest? Just hanging out.
No solution does everything great right now. Even Google has been fragmented and confused at time. Now, Google wants to fix this.
Why should OSes matter? People matter!
Computers are still in the way
Circles more accurately reflect real relationships (instead of “friends and not friends”)
Computers should get out of the way and let people do what they do best – live, learn, love
New Google+ will roll out this afternoon. Now let’s talk about Hangouts.
You will always have the option to turn this feature off globally or on individual posts. Can also edit the hashtags if Google gets it wrong.
Google will also look at your images and compare pictures with important landmarks to add appropriate hashtags and related images
Google will also ranks and search entire universe of Google+ content for you individually
Introducing related hashtags … Google will analyze the content of your posts, and Google will add appropriate hashtags for you!
(This really looks nice, folks)
“Delightful” animations throughout the product
Can change to single column if that’s what you prefer. Photos and videos can span multiple columns
Mobile’s multi-column design is coming to desktop
New stream will roll out on mobile and web. Problem is, today’s feed is flat. It’s impossible to go deeper, and Google will fix that. It’s about design and depth.
Newly designed stream, new photos experience, new Hangouts app
What’s next with Google+ … 41 new features
Vic Gundotra to talk about Google+ after an intro video
Now we will talk about the “Best of Google” for both Chrome and Android
Playing video about Google in Malaysia
Chromebooks are becoming mainstream in schools now, just like Google Apps already is
Sundar back on stage
Google Play for Education will launch this fall, but devs can start submitting apps for it this summer
Google Play for Ed + Google Apps for Ed = easier app management for groups of children. Can charge purchases against a balance paid for by a school purchase order.
NASA and PBS are partners, and recommendations from other teachers are available.
Apps organized by subject matter and grade level.
Google is making it easier and affordable to put Android tablets in students’ hands. Announcing Google Play for Education
Why is there so much talk about tech in schools, but so little impact? Teachers say there’s a gap between what’s possible and what’s practical. It’s Google’s job to fix this – make it more affordable, easier to use, and easier to manage.
Chris is back on stage to talk more about this
7/8 Ivy League schools use Google Apps. Lots of public schools, too. Want to take this further – bring Android into education, too
Talking about education – Google is passionate about and is investing a lot in education. This starts with Google Apps
Sundar has one on screen and is holding one in his hand – giving all attendees a brand new Pixel!
Talking about the Chromebook Pixel again
Showing video that demonstrates evolution of the mobile web
Watching a new game demo now
For the first time, web components will allow you to build your own HTML tags
Built a new tool to sync payment information across all devices that will make mobile checkouts much much easier
All of this will help people save money on mobile data plans
Data compression proxy on Chrome for Mobile can also help you save data
YouTube will roll out support for VP9 later this year
VP9 much smaller at same quality – 63% smaller in the example video shown on stage
H.264 vs VP9 (webp’s next generation video codec)
Can replace animated GIFs, JPEGs, and PNGs with WEBP
Developed WebP – open source royalty free image format – 31% smaller than jpeg of same quality. Helps reduce bandwidth usage, epsecially on mobile
2.4x speed boost in the last month alone
Linus Upson on stage now to talk about new Chrome mobile APIs
We can create powerful experiences on the web, and run them on phones and tablets.
This is thanks to WebGL
Showing Chrome on Pixel AND on Nexus 10 – same capabilities of Chrome on desktop coming to mobile, too
We need to take mobile web forward
Chromebook Pixel – the goal was to create the best laptop possible. Best screen out there. Goal was to get it in the hands of devs to develop great things. We will have more to unveil with Chrome later this year.
Many more partners jumping on board, expanding retail partners.
#1 on AMazon laptops for 190 days
Chrome is foundation for Chrome OS – Samsung Chromebook is the perfect additional computer for everyone
INcreasingly being used on mobile
750 million active users of Chrome right now
Time to talk about our other important open platform – Chrome
Sundar comes back on stage … time for Chrome
Unlocked with 16GB, LTE, AT&T/T-Mobile, bootloader unlocked, will receive system updates promptly with every Android update, sold on Google Play June 26 for $649
Samsung Galaxy S4 running PURE Jelly Bean – last night’s rumors were true!
Talking about Nexus now
Start a trial by June 30, and you’ll pay only $7.99/month
Launches today in the US and will roll out other places soon
How to try this yourself: $9.99/month. Everyone gets 30-day free trial.
It works great on phones, tablets, and web
Listen Now is a new feature that always changes depending on what you listen to… radio stations, your own music, etc.
My Library includes my personal music I uploaded, along with whatever I want to add from All Access
Of course, you can search too.
11:49 AM (edited)
Swipe left to see what’s coming up… can swipe away tracks you don’t want to hear in the playlist, can reorder tracks. “Radio without rules.”
Includes a radio station functionality, too!
Includes recommended, featured content. Genres, new releases, etc.
It starts with “Explore” to browse millions of tracks.
What if we gave you access to millions of other tracks, in addition to your own? Introducing Google Music All Access
13 million users enjoy Google Play Music now
We want to not only give you access to music, but guide you through it.
When we discuss the next generation of our music service – the reality is somewhat different. It wasn’t helping us discover music we love.
Let’s hear about music. It unites us. It’s a constant.
Will also bring the same experience to all the Play apps, too – Books, Magazines, Videos, Music, too!
Google will bring the same great Play experience to the web interface, too (makes use of laptop screens)
We know you’ve spent a lot of time developing great tablet apps. Rolling out a new view in Play Store that showcase apps designed for tablets
New Play Store isn’t just about looks, but helps you improve discovery. It adapts to you.
Recently launched redesigned version of Google Play Store
Chris Yerga takes the stage
We’re API-ed out at the moment. “Let’s move on to something more playful. Let’s introduce a man who always brings music to my ears.”
Google Play Dev Console is now totally awesome!
This will really help app devs make better apps, rather than making the public into their beta testers
Launching beta testing and staged rollouts
It’s obvious that Google has been listening to dev feedback
Shows where installs come from using Analytics
Referral tracking is announced
App translator gives devs professional translations!
Tips will analyze your app and how it’s doing in the Play Store, and give you tips on how to make it better (i.e. maybe a lot of users speak Russian, might need to optimize for tablets)
Talking about optimization tips.
11:33 AM (edited)
Ellie Powers is on stage now!
How to monetize your app and find new users
Uh, oh – he lost his prompter!
This is making me want to develop for Android!
You can see your app on various screen sizes
Lots of code gobbledygook… the devs seems impressed, though
Goal is to make you faster and more productive as an Android dev
Android Studio unveiled
Shifting gears to developer tools for Android devs
This update to Google Play services that enables these APIs is rolling out to ALL Android devices today, Froyo and up
Lots of games launching today with many of these capabilities
Blaming the bugs on the networking environment at IO – “not the most friendly”
Problems with 3 players connecting…
uh-oh… live demo showing some bugs and force closes!
Riptide 2 demo is now playing
Multiplayer allows for P2P connections, and Google+ integration for invites
Multiplayer API is also announced
These APIs also launching for iOS and web – this means cross platform gaming
APIs also available for achievements and leaderboards
Google Play game services – Cloud save, allows you to save game progress across different devices (phones and tablets)
Major new service we’re adding today – GAMING
HUGE round of applause for notification sync!
GCM now a part of Google Play services. Three new features: supports persistent connections, upstream messaging, notification syncrhonization
11:22 AM (edited)
60% of top 100 app use GCM. Delivering 17 billion push messages everyday. Server to serve latency is 60ms
Google Cloud Messaging introduced at last year’s IO
Google+ sign in adding cross-platform integration. Ability to automatically install apps when signing in to sites on desktop computer
Google+ sign in API launched a few months ago.
Launching 3 new location-based APIs – fused location provider (very low power – uses less than 1% of battery per hour), geofencing (defines virtual fences around geographical areas that trigger when users enter or leave these areas), and activity recognition (helps users track their activities using accelerometer data)
Example – build 3D maps directly into your apps
Latest APIs will be updated by Google regardless of OS version.
Google Play services – it’s a layer built and managed by Google on top of Android. Includes APIs used by Google, which are now available to devs too
We’re listening to devs, and we want you to thrive.
Google Play has just crossed 48 billion app installs. 2.5 million installs in the last month alone. Last month paid out more money to app devs than in all of 2012.
Hugo Barra, VP product management for Android, comes on stage.
Still most of the world has less than 10% (South America, Africa, Asia)
Pichai is back on stage. Developers have helped Android become so successful. But journey is just getting started – long way to go still.
900 million in 2013!
Video shows how Android activations keep increasing month after month, year after year.
Let’s talk about Android. 400 million activations of Android in 2012. Android video is playing now.
What developers build on top of these platforms is what Google’s focus is.
11:09 AM (edited)
Both are designed for people to build amazing experiences and push computing forward.
Android started with goal of bringing open standards to mobile space. It’s the most popular mobile OS in the world today. Chrome started as a journey to make the web better for both developers and users. Today, it’s the most popular browser in the world.
This is one of the most important moments in personal computing – Google is fortunate to have two large, open, scalable, fast-growing platforms – Android and Chrome!
Displays are everywhere … Cars, thermostats, Google Glass!
Shows how the world has changed dramatically in only 6-7 years by showing the differences in St. Peter’s in 2005 and 2013.
Pichai talks about history of personal computing… fast forward to advent of the smartphone.
Sundar Pichai on stage now
“Here’s to what you build next.” Senior VP Vic Gundotra is on stage. Welcome to 6th annual I/O – over 1 million YouTubers watching live!
11:03 AM – HootSuite
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11:02 AM (edited)
Awesome geeky video intro… music is Alive by Empire of the Sun (thank you Google Sound Search!)
The countdown has started! Less than a minute!
In case you’re wondering who’s doing the live blog, it’s me… +John Freml! (Imagine me saying that in a Mario/Luigi voice.) After the keynote (maybe even during the keynote), you can expect a more coherent round up/summary of all Android announcements from +Paul King, and the same from me concerning all things Chrome.
The second leak is about the new Google Maps desktop experience that we can expect to hear more about soon.
Google updates Play app, briefly leaks sign-up page for new Maps | Electronista »
Google has updated its Google Play app store, just before the first day of the company’s developer event, Google I/O. A new sign-up page for Google Maps also briefly appeared online before an expected reveal at the conference, which gave more informa
With under 20 minutes to go until the keynote starts, I’ve got two last minute leaks to share with you… the first comes from CNET concerning some security enhancements we can expect in Android 4.3.
Android 4.3 pops up ahead of Google I/O »
A leak tips off security enhancements in the Android update expected to be unveiled at Google I/O. Read this article by Eric Mack on CNET.
8:47 AM (edited)
It looks like Google Now is coming to the Google homepage… click the microphone icon, ask it what the weather is, and see if it speaks a response for you!
And last, has anyone else noticed that Google chats are appearing in the Gmail inbox as unread mail? Previously, they’d be archived as chats automatically. Could this be the start of the Babel/Hangouts rollout?
Second, it looks like some people are seeing minor UI changes in a new version of the Play Store that rolled out overnight.
I’ve noticed some subtle changes leading up to the I/O keynote in just a few hours – first, head to your sync settings in Android, and you’ll see two new sync options for your Google account: “app data” and “people details” (the latter is apparently different from “contacts”).